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Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland

Passports - Embassy of Finland, Washington - Consulate Generals of Finland, New York, Los Angeles : Services for Finns : Passport


  • Embassy of Finland, Washington
    Tel. +1-202-298 5800,
  • Consulate General of Finland, New York
    Tel. +1-212-750 4400,
  • Consulate General of Finland, Los Angeles
    Tel. +1-310-203 9903,
  • Contacts
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Passport must be applied in person. An appointment is mandatory.

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A Finnish passport is a travel document issued to a Finnish citizen. Passports are issued for a maximum validity of five years. The passport shall be valid for the purposed duration of the journey. It is not recommended to travel with a damaged or broken passport. A passport also serves as a proof of identity. Only one person can travel on one passport and children cannot be included in the guardian’s passport.

Outside of Finland passport applications can be submitted to a Finnish embassy, to consulate general or to a consulate. Please note that the honorary consulates or special missions cannot provide passport services. Passport applications must always be submitted in person regardless of the age and it cannot be mailed or send through a representative. The application can be submitted at any Finnish mission or at any police station in Finland.

Passport applications can be processed only when the personal information in the Population Information System is correct and up-to-date (e.g. name). According Population Information Act (661/2009) the applicant shall ensure that the personal information is up-to-date. The information may be checked from the Local Register Office once a year without any fees.

US travel regulations may be checked from the homepage of US Embassy in Helsinki.

Passport application and attachments

  • One passport photo (neutral facial expression). The photo should not be older than 6 months: Passport photo requirements

  • Previous Finnish passport. If an applicant does not have a previous passport or it has expired, a valid identity card is required.

  • A proof of Finnish citizenship e.g. US visa or Green Card. Applicants of multi/dual citizenship shall confirm that the foreign citizenship is registered in the Finnish Population Registry. Otherwise, an applicant shall present a proof of the date when the foreign citizenship was obtained e.g. original or legalized US citizenship naturalization or a birth certificate.

  • Male applicants aged 17-30 shall present a document of military service status (e.g. military passport, certificate of exemption or suspension order).

  • An applicant under 18 years of age needs to submit their parents’ consent for the passport application. If both custodians are not present at the time of applying the passport, a written consent with a date and contact information needs to be presented from the other parent, as well as a copy of the parent’s photo identification.

Stolen or lost passport

For a stolen, lost or damaged passport, the applicant can apply for a temporary passport to travel home, however maximum validity of one year. A temporary passport is issued by a Finnish foreign mission. A local police report of the stolen or lost passport must be presented when applying for a temporary passport.

If Finland does not have a diplomatic mission in the country where the applicant is travelling, it is possible to enquire assistance at a mission of another EU country in order to have an ETD (Emergency Travel Document) for travelling home.

Customer service

By appointment only

Embassy, Washington D.C.
Tel: +1-202-298 5800
Customer service by appointment only Mon-Fri 9.00 am -12.00 pm
Telephone inquiries: Mon-Fri 9.00 am -12.00 pm
Please note: Finnish Embassy no longer issues visas. Visa applicants residing in Washington D.C., Virginia or Maryland should contact VFS Global

Consulate General, New York
Tel. +1-212-750 4400
Customer service by appointment only: Mon-Fri 9.00 am -12.00 pm, both Mon and Thu 1.30 pm - 4.30 pm
Telephone inquiries: Mon-Fri 9.00 am -12.00 pm

Consulate General, Los Angeles
Tel: +1-310-203 9903
Customer service by appointment only Mon-Thu 9.00 am-12.00 pm
Telephone inquiries: Mon-Thu 1.00 pm-2.00 pm, Fri 10.00 am-12.00 pm

Passport processing time

The processing time is approx. 2 weeks. Expedited passport with an extra fee can be obtained faster.

Passport processing fee

Fee shall be paid according to current service fees.
Please note that if the passport cannot be granted or if it is not collected, the application processing fee remains non-refundable. The processing fees are subject to change according to the internal exchange rate. 

Collecting the passport

The new passport can be collected by the applicant itself or by another person holding a power of attorney given by the applicant. The passport can be collected from the place where the application was submitted. Upon the time of applying the passport, the delivery address can also be determined to be delivered to another mission or a police office.

The passport can be also mailed to the applicant’s home address inside USA by prepaid FedEx/DHL/UPS label/envelope provided by an applicant.

Portable passport system

Consulate Generals of Finland in New York and Los Angeles will bring the portable passport system in the following Honorary Consulates.

Passport applications must be submitted in person and all applicants must make an appointment for a passport application with Honorary Consuls. Consulate Generals reserve the right to cancel/reschedule the trip at any time.

April 25 - 26, 2016Chicago, ILmore info
March 30 - 31, 2016San Francisco area, CAmore info FULL / WAITING LIST ONLY
April 14, 2016Honolulu, HImore info

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